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School of Interactive Arts and Technology Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Interactive Arts and Technology Minor

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive and based on the cumulative grade point average. Students whose first admission attempt is unsuccessful may improve their average by completing additional courses. Admission to the school is possible via three routes, as outlined below.

Route 1

These applicants come directly from BC high school 12 or have equivalent high school preparation in accordance with the requirements listed under the BC/Yukon high school section (see Admission Requirements).

Route 2

Internal transfer applicants are students who have already been admitted to another Simon Fraser University program, and now wish to be transfer to the School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

Transfer requirements:

Students may apply to the program after completing 18 units which must include 9 lower division IAT units chosen from IAT 100, 102, 103W, 106, 167, 201, 202, 206W, 222, 233, 235, 265 or 267.

Admission is selective and a minimum competitive CGPA will be required.

Route 3

These applicants apply to the School of Interactive Arts and Technology for direct transfer from another post-secondary institution.

Students apply to the program with the following:

  • English Language admission requirement
  • Quantitative and Analytical skills requirement
  • Minimum 24 units of transferable coursework including one first year computer programming course; one first year Calculus course or one first year MACM course; and one first year English course.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete three of

IAT 100 - Digital Image Design (3)

This is a project-based course that introduces the theory and hands-on practice of art and design in digital media. As the introductory course in IAT, this course teaches the core fundamental principles in 2D visual design, sequential and animation design. Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography and vector image creation. The theory is contextualized in contemporary new media design practice and is broadly applicable across disciplines. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kenneth Zupan
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SUR 2600, Surrey
D101 Kenneth Zupan
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D102 Kenneth Zupan
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
D103 Kenneth Zupan
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D104 Kenneth Zupan
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D105 Kenneth Zupan
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D106 Kenneth Zupan
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
D107 Kenneth Zupan
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D108 Kenneth Zupan
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
or IAT 110 - Visual Communication Design (3)

Visual communication for art and design in digital media. Students learn the fundamentals of digital raster and vector image creation. Design principles such as form, typography and colour theory as they apply to digital media will be taught. Students will have core projects in digital photography, magazine layout and kinetic typography. Primarily for non-SIAT majors; while SIAT majors may take the course, it does not count for credit for SIAT degree requirements. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
IAT 102 - Graphic Design (3)

Introduction to fundamental design principles for visual communication. Organized as a continual interplay of theory and practice, students will examine historical, philosophical, perceptual and semiotic approaches to understanding graphic design, and will explore principles of form, such as structure and composition, hierarchy, form, color, space, scale, typography, and legibility and readability through hands-on projects. Traditional time-based and interactive media forms will be compared and contrasted.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Brokenshire
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3050, Surrey
D102
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3100, Surrey
D103
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3050, Surrey
D104
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3100, Surrey
D105
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3050, Surrey
D106
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3100, Surrey
D107
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D108
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
IAT 201 - Human-Computer Interaction and Cognition (3)

Introduces topics in human perception, cognition and embodied action as a foundation of design for human use. It explores the practical application of techniques for analyzing diverse interactive situations and designing effective user interfaces. Students will engage in the analysis and design of a simple user interface, gaining detailed knowledge and experience with the standard basic techniques for interface specification, prototyping and evaluation. Prerequisite: Completion of 24 units, including at least one lower division "W" course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Brian Fisher
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
D101 Brian Fisher
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 2710, Surrey
D102 Brian Fisher
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 2990, Surrey
D103 Brian Fisher
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 2710, Surrey
D104 Brian Fisher
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 2990, Surrey
D105 Brian Fisher
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2710, Surrey
IAT 202 - New Media Images (3)

Explores the computational nature of technology as applied to contemporary art and design. It is a studio-based, media production course that explores new forms of art and design that are mediated by or modeled after computing processes as opposed to transforming or digitizing existing forms. Prerequisite: IAT 100 and a minimum of 15 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Susan Clements-Vivian
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
D101 Susan Clements-Vivian
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3050, Surrey
D102 Susan Clements-Vivian
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3100, Surrey
D103 Susan Clements-Vivian
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3050, Surrey
D104 Susan Clements-Vivian
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3100, Surrey
IAT 222 - Interactive Arts (3)

Introduces key concepts within contemporary digital art practices. Issues surrounding digital art will be explored through readings, the study of artworks, and the creation of their own artistic projects. Prerequisite: completion of 24 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
D101 Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3260, Surrey
D102 Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3010, Surrey
D103 Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2990, Surrey
D104 Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2995, Surrey
IAT 233 - Spatial Design (3)

Designing and understanding spaces used by people. The iterative process of making and criticizing, experiencing and analyzing spatial form. Compositional ideas for form-making. Critical thinking applied to design. Computers are the principal medium used in this course for form-making and visualization. Prerequisite: IAT 106, and IAT 102 or an approved course in design.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Russell Taylor
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
D101 Russell Taylor
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
D102 Russell Taylor
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
D103 Russell Taylor
Mo 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
OPL Russell Taylor
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
IAT 235 - Information Design (3)

Introduces theory and practice of designing visual representations of information. Students will learn to visually translate textual, numerical and evidentiary information so that it can be communicated to diverse user communities and contexts. An emphasis will be on understanding how the meaning of images can change over time and across contexts and cultures. Beginning with photographic images, interactive charts, graphs, and maps, projects progress to more complex information in media forms ranging from advanced aspects of the web to interactive 3D visualizations. The relationship between visual display is explored in relation to its technology of creation, including code and information architecture. Prerequisite: IAT 102.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Andrew Hawryshkewich
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 5240, Surrey
E101 Andrew Hawryshkewich
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
E102 Andrew Hawryshkewich
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
E103 Andrew Hawryshkewich
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
E104 Andrew Hawryshkewich
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3140, Surrey
IAT 265 - Multimedia Programming for Art and Design (3)

Using cases from topics such as animation, cinema, music and design, this course introduces a variety of programming tools and techniques. Practical use of multimedia scripting languages and authoring environments is covered in the context of a series of composition and design projects. Code libraries and programming techniques for specific media will be introduced. Assessment will be based on both programming and the expressive use of programs in their case context. Prerequisite: IAT 167 and one of MATH 130, MACM 101, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157. Students who have completed IAT 267 before Dec. 31 2012 may use IAT 267 as a prerequisite for IAT 265 instead of IAT 167. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Christopher Shaw
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2740, Surrey
E101 Christopher Shaw
Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SUR 3300, Surrey
E102 Christopher Shaw
Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SUR 3300, Surrey
E103 Christopher Shaw
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3300, Surrey
IAT 267 - Introduction to Technological Systems (3)

Introduction to the core technologies and systems used in media-rich interactive environments, including computer hardware, operating systems, input and output technologies, networking and media. The concepts will be examined by working in a high-level media programming environment. Prerequisite: IAT 167 and one of MATH 130, MACM 101, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157. Students who have completed IAT 265 before Dec. 31, 2012, may use IAT 265 as a prerequisite for IAT 267. Recommended: IAT 265 or other second year programming course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Helmine Serban
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
D101 Helmine Serban
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D102 Helmine Serban
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey
D103 Helmine Serban
Fr 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 3130, Surrey

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete 15 upper division IAT units. Note that some upper division courses have lower division prerequisites.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.